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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Bare Island - Dive Summary
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Bare Island Introduction For the history of Bare Island, click here.

    Bare Island Panorama
    A panoramic photograph of Bare Island on a perfect day

    The Dive Location

    The local Aboriginal tribes of Gweagal and Kameygal are almost certain to have given the small island a name, but it has not survived through to present time and is not even known now to the locals.

    Bare Island Satellite PhotoBare Island Rainbow
    A satellite photograph of Bare Island showing the reefA photograph of Bare Island on a stormy day
    with a perfect rainbow

    The island has certainly changed since those tranquil days. In the 1870s the authorities of New South Wales had the view that the Russians were likely to invade Australia. Therefore, in 1877 two British fortification experts, Sir Peter Scratchley and William Jervois were sent to Australia as a result of a request from the Colony of New South Wales. They were given the task of designing and co-ordinating the defence of Sydney and they planned a series of forts and gun batteries to protect against attack. Bare Island was planned as the sole defence of Botany Bay. The fortifications on the island were built during the period 1881 to 1889 under the direction of the Colonial Architect, James Barnet. The barracks were completed in 1891. It became apparent that the fort and barracks had been subject to substandard workmanship and this led not only to the resignation of James Barnet, it led to a Board of Inquiry and then to Australia's first Royal Commission.

    For more information about the Bare Island Fort, see the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Web Site.

    Click to enlargeClick to enlarge
    A map of Bare Island created in 1968 by divers
    from URG (the Underwater Research Group of NSW)

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    A map of Bare Island I did in early 1990s
    Notice how close it is to the 1968 map which I never saw till 2015

    Click to enlarge

    Joined to the mainland by a small timber bridge, Bare Island is perfect for either day or night diving in almost all weather. In even moderate seas you can safely dive in almost any spot and in very heavy seas you can usually dive the protected (right) side of the island. Only in huge seas (say over five metres average) can you not get a dive at Bare Island.

    There are many different dives can be done around the island itself, as well as along the shore on either side of the bridge. These are listed below with a short description.

    When diving here, beware of small boats and jet skis which regularly speed under the bridge, taking no notice of dive flags or the ban on jet skis. When ascending at the end of a dive anywhere near Bare Island, make sure you listen before leaving the bottom. Best bet is to not ascend at all, even if you have lost your buddy. Swim back to shore before ascending.

    DIVES

  • Definition of underwater and above water features
  • Bare Island Right - Sea horses, sea dragons and pygmy pipehorses - 15 metres
  • Bare Island Left - Sea dragons - 12 metres
  • Bare Island Deep Wall - Sea horses, sea dragons and pygmy pipehorses - 19 metres
  • Bare Island Isolated Reefs - Sea horses, sea dragons and pygmy pipehorses - 19 metres
  • Bare Island Bombora - Sea dragons, snapper - 14 metres
  • Bare Island Circumnavigation - everything - 19 metres
  • Bare Island Deep Wall Drift - Half Circumnavigation - everything - 19 metres
  • Larpa Drift - Sea dragons, sea horses - 14 metres
  • La Perouse Point - Sea dragons, sea horses - 14 metres
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